The government has announced plans to change the law in order to encourage adoption.
Under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, family courts and adoption organisations are required to consider any existing relationships which the child in question may have with relatives, as well as “any such person the court considers relevant”. This section will now be extended to include a reference to “prospective adopters”.
The change will take place “as soon as possible” according to the Department for Education. It will, they hope, encourage full consideration of the child’s best interests and increase adoption numbers, as this both these and the number of children initially placed for adoption have both fallen in recent months.
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